A man who was injured when his mobility scooter malfunctioned has been awarded £2,500 compensation with help from Croftons Solicitors.
The victim had entered into a hire agreement with the defendants in September 2010 for the scooter, which he required due to a health condition.
It was imported from Taiwan with the aim of selling it to the public, and as such fell under the jurisdiction of the Consumer Protection Act 1987.
In February 2011, the claimant was driving his scooter at around 7mph when the steering column came away in his hands. The emergency brake also failed to work and consequently the vehicle crashed into a fence.
The claimant injured his shoulder in the collision, and he hurt his left shoulder again after releasing his lap belt and falling sideways from the vehicle.
Croftons Solicitors represented the man in a product liability claim, in which the defendants denied liability. They claimed that the claimant’s 7mph speed was in excess of the legal pavement limit of 4mph, and that this was a contributory factor in the failure of the vehicle and subsequent crash.
However, once court proceedings were issued a compensation sum of £2,500 was agreed.
What to do if you are injured by a defective product
Whenever you purchase a product in good faith, you have the right to expect it to carry out its function properly. In cases where this does not happen and you are injured as a result, you may be entitled to compensation under the Consumer Protection Act 1987.
While this case is quite unusual as it resulted in a road traffic accident, our team have a strong track record in a wide range of personal injury cases and will work hard to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.
Call us on 0800 2800 094 to see if you are eligible for compensation.